Kiana Cox is a research associate at Pew Research Center, where she predominantly contributes to the Center’s work on race and ethnicity, as well as religion, with particular attention to Black communities. Cox earned her doctorate in sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to joining the Center, Kiana was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she taught courses on race, gender, social movements, statistics, and research methodology. She is a contributing author of reports such as Faith Among Black Americans, Race in America 2019 and Americans Have Positive Views About Religion’s Role in Society, but Want It Out of Politics, as well as other shorter pieces exploring race and religion in the United States.
Black Americans support significant reforms to or complete overhauls of several U.S. institutions to ensure fair treatment. Yet even as they assess inequality and ideas about progress, many are pessimistic about whether society and institutions will change in ways that would reduce racism.